About House Exchange Vacations

About House Exchange Vacations
A house exchange vacation is when two families swap homes for the duration of their trip. Travelers have been exchanging houses to save on vacation costs since the mid-1950s. It also gives them a feel for what it's like to live in a particular city.

How It's Done

Several websites are available to bringing people together for house exchange vacations. Each allows you to choose the state or country you are interested in, check listings and submit an inquiry.


A house exchange vacation can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.


The house exchange websites report few problems with vandalism, damaged property or more serious issues.


Each website says that communication is key to a good house exchange. To ensure the quality of the swapped home and location, you should exchange e-mails and photos. If the exchange doesn't feel right, cancel it.


You should agree on ground rules for the house exchange in advance. Spell out the rules for things such as cleaning, pets and car use.

Article Written By Sara John

Sara John is a professional writer and copy editor living in Des Moines, IA. She has worked professionally for seven years, and written articles for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, as well as other local publications. She is a graduate of Grand View University and holds a B.A. in journalism.

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